How to create a custom page

This particular guide is about how to create a page and then customise it to look different. Before you proceed, satisfy yourself that you understand the differences between pages, posts and templates. First and foremost, a template is a consistently looking ‘container’ or ‘super-page’ that is used to display the various posts and pages you […]

I was a teacher for 17 years, but I couldn’t read or write

John Corcoran grew up in New Mexico in the US during the 1940s and 50s. One of six siblings, he graduated from high school, went on to university, and became a teacher in the 1960s – a job he held for 17 years. But, as he explains here, he hid an extraordinary secret

Warren Buffett: This is the No.1 mistake parents make when teaching kids about money

If there’s one person who understands the importance of teaching kids about financial responsibility, it’s Warren Buffett.

Before he became CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, the legendary investor started a handful of small businesses — starting at age six, when he purchased a six-pack of Coke for 25 cents and sold each can for a nickel. He also sold magazines and gum from door to door.

“My dad was my greatest inspiration,” Buffett said in an interview with CNBC back in 2013. “What I learned at an early age from him was to have the right habits early. Savings was an important lesson he taught me.”

When asked what he thinks is the biggest mistake parents make when teaching their kids about money, the billionaire said, “Sometimes parents wait until their kids are in their teens before they start talking about managing money — when they could be starting when their kids are in preschool.”

Courier and delivery business is lucrative, but see this before you lose your investments

For sometime now, I keep receiving distress calls from people who have ventured into the courier and delivery business. It’s obvious that a lot more of us follow opportunities without first assessing the risks inherent in the opportunities. I am by this post sharing a few of my learnings in this field, so that someone might safeguard their investments.

Stockholm syndrome: Message from the morning man

I read somewhere about a rather interesting condition. It was first identified in 1973, when some robbers took several bank employees hostage in Norrmalmstorg, Stockholm. The robbers kept their hostages in the bank vault for six days, while they negotiated with the police.

During that time, the hostages became so attached to their captors that they rejected assistance from Government officials at one point, and defended their captors after their release. This inexplicable attachment to the very people who took away their freedom and put their lives in danger, came to be known internationally as “Stockholm Syndrome”.

These days, when I look around me, at some of the choices we are making as individuals and as a nation, I am tempted to conclude that many of us are suffering from the very same condition – we just don’t know it.

Tap: Message from the morning man

I once read a story about a factory where a major piece of equipment broke down. All manner of experts were brought in to sort it out, but none of them could. The factory was losing money daily, and all the staff were idling about with nothing to do.

Finally, they brought in an old local mechanic who had been fixing stuff for decades. They weren’t sure he’d be any more successful than the well trained, well qualified technocrats who had already tried and failed, but they figured there was no harm in letting him have a go, since they were desperate.

The old man walked around the machine for a few minutes, carefully inspecting every inch of it. Then, with great aplomb and ceremony, he pulled out his hammer and gave it one tap, and the machine suddenly sprang to life. Everyone was relieved, overjoyed and grateful to the old mechanic for saving the day – that was until they received his invoice for ten thousand dollars.

Quotes by Warren Buffet

Warren Edward Buffett is an American investor, business tycoon, philanthropist, and the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. He is considered one of the most successful investors in the world and has a net worth of US$78.9 billion as of August 2020, making him the world’s seventh-wealthiest person. (Wikipedia) Below are some profound quotable quotes attributed to him…

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The most transformative lesson

Last year, I visited Singapore for the first time, and apart from admiring the beauty of the country, I sought to learn as much as I could, about how a country that became independent in 1965 (8 years after Ghana) had transformed itself within a relatively short time, into one of the most advanced countries in the world.

To help me gain a deeper insight into some of the reasons behind such an outstanding transformation, I called my good friend Mike Gabo Oquaye, Ghana’s Ambassador to India and asked if he knew anyone at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Mike immediately sent me a few names of people I could contact.

I contacted an elderly Prof and we started a very insightful conversation. The conversation made me both sad and inspired at the same time. It felt like eating sweet and sour Chinese rice in a Chinese restaurant. The sweet aspect came when he heard I was from Ghana and remarked that Singapore drew a lot of inspiration from Ghana at the beginning. Not knowing exactly how to respond to that comment, I said Hmmm.

Today, my focus is on the inspiring part of our conversation.